One of my favorite insect artists is Rick Lieder, whose skill at composition with natural light is unparalleled. Yesterday afternoon I visited Meadowbrook park at sunset to have a go at practicing my own natural light photography. I’ve got a long way to go to match Rick’s talent with the medium, but I was pleased with this shot:

Diabrotica beetle at sunset

Contrary to my usual style, I subjected the image to some heavy photoshopping. Here’s the original, unaltered exposure:

photo details:
Canon EF 35mm f/2 lens, with 12mm extension tube,
on a Canon EOS 7D
ISO 800, f/4.5, 1/250 sec